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Tech News Today 169: Sandybridge Over Troubled Water

by TWiT

Published January 31, 2011

Facebook invades your blogs comments, Net neutrality under attack in Europe, Egypt's last ISP goes down, and more.

Run time 43:57
Producer TWiT
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


Tom Merritt
Sarah Lane
Darren Kitchen
Jason Howell


Top Stories

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Discussion Stories

200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Internet

Huge ISPs want per-GB payments from Netflix, YouTube
Four of Europe's biggest ISPs commissioned a study from A.T. Kearney entitled "A Viable Future Model for the Internet" "Charge people more for Internet access (an extra €6 per month should do the trick)
Charge every Internet company €0.05 per gigabyte to deliver traffic (and a staggering €3.03 per GB if delivered to a mobile network) Allow paid prioritization, so sites like Netflix could go faster than everyone else if they cough up the cash. Deploy more ""managed services"" that operate over the same last-mile IP pipe"
Cash, please! A Nordic change of heart on net neutrality

Last Egyptian ISP reported out
Old technology finds role in Egyptian protests
20 ways to get around comminications blackout
How China censors Egypt news, and why the story is so sensitive in China
List of missing people in Egypt-See EMAIL below
Google exec missing in Egypt amid protests
Egypt Shut Down Its Net With a Series of Phone Calls

Tales from ShmooCon (report from Darren)

News Fuse

The Federal Communications Commission is asking a DC appeals court to throw out the Verizon and MetroPCS lawsuits against the agency's new Open Internet rules. The FCC says that both companies jumped the gun by suing the FCC before its December net neutrality Order was even published in the Federal Register. That's the action that makes any federal agency decision live and official.

Over the weekend an Engadget reader reported a new feature on Amazon that allowed them to stream unlimited movies from Amazon's Video on Demand service. Apparently Amazon was giving the perk to Amazon Prime members. Amazon's Prime service gives free 2-day shipping to customers who pay $79 a year. The features went away but not before a screen capture was taken to prove they weren't dreaming. No word from Amazon.

Google and the state of Connecticut have reached an agreement that won't force a courtroom showdown over Google's Wi-Fi spying scandal. The settlement means that Google and the attorneys general led by Connecticut will likely hammer out another agreement regarding the data, which Google has resisted turning over to government authorities in the U.S.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google plans to hire dozens of software developers to create applications for smartphones and other mobile devices, a new strategy aimed partly at boosting the Android Marketplace. However, the article indicated Google might even make cross-platform apps that work not just on Android but other platforms like iOS.

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak was a guest on the Endgadget podcast this weekend where he claimed that early white iPhone 4 parts caused issues with its camera, which led to multiple delays. Wozniak said that he ordered white iPhone parts from a teenager online who somehow received them from Foxconn. When he tried to take a picture with the device’s flash, he said the photo looked as if it was taken through cellophane.

"Facebook is launching a service that allows users to earn discounts from businesses when they check in using Facebook's Places feature. People who visit participating shops can log in using from their mobile phones to receive rewards. Companies can use Facebook Deals as a virtual loyalty card or coupon system."

Microsoft issued an advisory on a Windows security vulnerability after exploit code for the bug went public. The bug impacts all supported versions of Windows. It exploits the MHTML protocol handler to cause data leakage. Though proof-of-concept code for the vulnerability has already gone public, the company said it is unaware of any attempts to exploit the bug. The temporary fix is to turn off MHTML or use another browser.

Google just updated Google Docs to make it more friendly to people who want to use it as a general online hard drive. People have been waiting for the Gdrive for years, and Google Docs seems to be quietly changing into that. Any file can now be uploaded to Google docs and the new tweaks make it easy to locate files and store them in 'collections' Google's term for folders.

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Google announces Android event for February 2nd
Dell Streak 7 launching at T-Mobile on February 2nd: $200 with two-year contract, $450 without
HTC Thunderbolt rumored to be hitting Best Buy February 14th, sans mobile hotspot or Skype video - although a separate leak claims it will have hotspot enabled plus the ability to call and surf at the same time on EVDO
Motorola to sell Xoom tablet PC as early as February


"Hi Tom and Everyone,

In regards to Amazon selling more Ebooks than paperbacks, I would be interested in hearing what percentage of their Ebook ""sales"" were books downloaded for free. I know that when I first downloaded the app on my computer, I downloaded about 50 free books, however, I buy most of my paperback books secondhand and not from Amazon. People like me may be one reason these Ebook numbers are so high.

Love the show, Lorien"

"Hello TNT,

I am sure you are getting hundreds of e-mails regarding this topic and I hope that this e-mail further adds to the conversation. While I realize that TNT is not a political show, this tidbit from Al-Jazeera is incredible:

Gotten from the live-blog of events:

""11:11am: Efforts are underway to find those who have gone missing in Egypt's protests. Twitter users are circulating a Google docs spreadsheet with the names of those believed missing, where they were last seen and a contact reference. The document is open to all.""

I do not know if other protests, disasters, or critical events have used Google Docs to find missing people and create a list of missing people in the past. However, regardless of where one stands on these protests it is heart-wrenching to have a loved one missing in any circumstance. A tool like this is incredible and speaks to the importance of an open internet.

Thank you, Saif"


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